The idea of starting a new church began in a coffee shop in West Fort Worth in 2007. Having lived in the city and worked in ministry for years, the Ostermanns had a deep appreciation for both the beauty and the brokenness that courses through the people of Fort Worth. Nick had never dreamed of planting a church in one of the most church-saturated regions of the country, but over time was compelled by the centrality of Jesus and the cross, the growth and strategic value of Fort Worth, and the unique and wonderful culture of the city. He was soon assessed and trained as a church planter by Acts 29, a church planting network. With a vision to display the greatness of God and the power of the gospel to make broken people whole, others began to gather around the idea of making Fort Worth an even better city.
In July 2008, with help from CityView Church in Keller and The Village Church in Highland Village, the first church plant meeting was held in borrowed space in downtown, where the vision of The Rooted Church was shared with a few interested people. Building the church on God, the gospel, and the city from the beginning, this group continued to meet in smaller weekly communities in order to share meals, share life, and to think seriously about how to continue the mission of Jesus in Fort Worth. Soon they started gathering once a month to sing, pray, and learn together.
In early 2009 we'll officially commit to one another in order to live out the vision of The Rooted Church. We'll continue our weekly communities and will start meeting together weekly on Sundays in downtown. So we're a pretty simple group of people: fighting to be centered on God, to be transformed by the gospel, and to love the people of our city.
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If you were to ask most Christians what their reward is for being a follower of Christ most would say heaven. And in a sense they would be right. Heaven is a place that the Bible speaks of as our eternal reward, a place where there are no tears or sin.
Even our old school evangelism encouraged this: "if you were to die today do you know if you would go to heaven or hell?". Which is a weird way to evangelize if you think about it. Knocking on someone's door, "if I were to kill you right now, would you go to heaven."
And then inevitably the question gets asked. What will we do in heaven? Is there golf in heaven? Baseball? Grassy fields to run through? Lolipops?
And because heaven is the eternal end in mind, our teaching and lives are shaped around it. We preach sermons on 5 Ways to a Better Marriage and 3 Steps to a More Fulfilling Life. As Christians we live our lives using the Bible as a guidebook to a better life here on earth because we are practicing for the perfect life in heaven.
Now as you are reading this you might think, "but all that is true!". Yes, it is true, but it is incomplete.
Heaven is not the end. And the Bible shouldn't be used like a self-help book. Paul's desire is to depart and be with Christ - not to depart and go to heaven because they have baseball and lolipops.
In John 17:3 Jesus tells us what eternal life (heaven) is: "and this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent."
Heaven is about knowing God. Knowing Him fully as you are fully known. God is our reward! We get Jesus. We are so skewed by sin that the thought of God being our reward doesn't seem to move us or excite us. But with the goal of seeking the face of God in place, all the other things - a good marriage, a fulfilling life - will happen. Sin is the ultimate enemy, not unhappiness or unfulfillment. And Jesus is the ultimate answer, not happiness or fulfillment.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.